By Cristina Hodgson • 04 September 2019 • 16:48
WARMER: Research at the caves of Arta have found that the sea level was once 16 metres higher than it is now.
A STUDY of the caves of Arta has revealed that 3.3 million years ago the sea level was sixteen metres higher than it is now although temperatura were only between two and three degrees warmer.
The caves of Arta have been hiding key data on the effects of climate change that could occur over the next century.
Analysis of a series of deposits found within the caves have shown that 3.3 million years ago the sea level was sixteen metres higher than it is today when changes in temperature still had no human influence
The study, published in the prestigious journal Nature, was carried out by an international team of researchers including members of the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), the University of New Mexico and Columbia University.
The findings show that, if the sea level rose again by 16 metres, the bays of Palma and Alcudia would be completely under water. The caves offer clues as to what may happen in the medium and long term, and quantify the extent of an eventual rise in sea level across the world.
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